During the last 30 years of his life, French Impressionist Claude Monet spent many hours in his garden at Givenchy. His eyesight clouded by cataracts, Monet created one painting after another of his beloved water lilies, producing around 250 oil paintings of the flowers.
I found these water lilies in the Rodin Garden at the North Carolina Art Museum in Raleigh. I love the quiet peacefulness of the garden and was struck by the beauty of the water borne plants. I spent a few minutes watching the little blue dragonflies touch down on a lily pad, only to take flight again a few seconds later. It was time well spent.
This ethereal work of two heads- a mother and daughter- by award winning Spanish artist Jaume Plensa was installed at the North Carolina Museum Park in April 2017. The wire mesh construction and size make it difficult to determine race or gender, creating a kind of universal portrait.
Plensa’s art has been exhibited worldwide, from Sweden, Spain and France to Chicago and, now Raleigh.
Art amazes me. I love the way the artist can make these 13-foot tall steel mesh heads feel fleeting and lighter than air. The expressions on the closed-eyed faces also impart a dream-like feel. Finally, due to the mesh construction, the sculptures seem to change as you view them from different angles. I never tire of looking at them.
This interesting little structure is called Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky and was designed by British artist Chris Drury. It’s an interactive artwork. You enter the chamber, close the door and sit quietly in the dark until your eyes adjust. There’s a tiny hole in the roof that serves as a pinhole camera. Once your eyes adjust you can see the trees that surround the Cloud Chamber projected on the walls of the chamber. It uses nature to create art.
The Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum is full of interesting artwork. There’s also an amphitheater where moves are shown and concerts are held. We’ve had some wonderful evenings at the park, watching a movie while, many miles away, lightning puts on a free light show against the clouds.